And Now I Want to Talk About Toilet Paper

Um.

Yeah.

I’m going down that aisle. I’ve talked about all sorts of things on this blog o mine and when Quilted Northern contacted me about being their spokesperson, I couldn’t flush the idea away. (I also can’t resist bad jokes, apparently).

This is the first of 3 posts in which I go there. And since the majority of us are moms or wives and we buy toilet paper and the only ones GIFTED enough to actually replace it when the paper tubes are empty, I thought you might like to participate (and WIN a year’s supply of The Good Stuff next week-stay tuned).

So, I’m starting off this party in the bathroom (on a stool by my sink, don’t panic), confessing an embarrassing moment:

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But not so we can do this:

This is what we do with cheap toilet paper that doesn’t make the bathroom cut.

Start thinking about your bathroom confessional (keep it clean, literally) and share it next Monday in the comments as your entry to win a year’s supply of toilet paper (The Good Stuff) and more!

Do you have creative uses for toilet paper besides entertaining your children? Do tell.

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Quilted Northern Soft and Strong®. Please join the conversation at www.facebook.com/QuiltedNorthern or on Twitter each week @QuiltedNorthern for opportunities to win free Quilted Northern Soft and Strong® and help make the taboo talkable. Proceeds generated from these sponsored posts are going to benefit The Mercy House. See? I’ll do anything for Jesus.


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Show Offs Art Giveaway Winner:

Congrats to random commenter,  reader Lauren (email:cuse98@comcast.net)

Everyone else? Here’s a coupon code for 20% off just in time to order a beautiful piece of inspirational art for Christmas:

Code: WERFAM


Sale!

Coming March 2011

My book, a humorous and inspirational devotional for Moms, is on sale! (My proceeds from the book go to Mercy House).

It’s 20% of the cover price at my publisher, Cokesbury and if you apply this code : BR11 (expires Nov. 30), it’s an additional 25% off…which just makes it, $7.20, just plain cheap.

P.S. My 3 year old’s favorite thing to say right now? Yep, “Don’t Make Me Come Up There!”

P.S.S. Yes, it’s lost its effectiveness when I say it.

*Update* Code is working now.

(You can also Pre-order your copy on sale today at Amazon for only $8.10!)


Someone is Waiting on You to Jump

[God spoke these words to my heart while I was at the Relevant Conference. Perhaps they are for you? I wrote them down for me.]

We could have said no. We could have pushed away the beckoning to respond in such a manner. The months of churning and wrestling, seeking and struggling, the labor pain that gave birth to Mercy.

Would you have thought less of us? Sponsoring more kids, changing our priorities, losing the American Dream….they were enough. Maureen would have understood if we’d answered, “No, we can’t help right now.” Right?

It would have been okay for our response to be okay.

I know this.

And the truth? Standing at cliff’s edge, we wanted to say no. We asked if there was another way. We researched and begged. We cried it is too big, we can’t, we are afraid, we don’t know how.  We don’t want to love mercy.

We didn’t throw caution to the wind. We didn’t just jump into the chasm of the unknown.

We jumped into the very hands of God.

(photo source)

Why? Why do the uncomfortable? Why go beyond the comfort zone and risk so much? Every one of us has a unique purpose for our lives and our blogs. It’s a risk finding that purpose. It leaves you exposed and open to criticism and fear and failure.

It leaves you open for the supernatural, the extraordinary.

Stepping into the unknown re-destines your life.

When we jumped, it was as if He had poised people all over the world, who were waiting. Waiting for someone to say yes. We said yes, so they could say yes. Jumping, unleashed a force we didn’t know existed. Hundreds and hundreds of people who were waiting, praying, wanting the opportunity help us without even knowing us.

We are on the adventure of our lives. Yes, it’s scary. It’s uncertain. Control is gone, we are asking, believing for each new step, every day.  This journey isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon of hills and valleys.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

I believe everyone who believes will stand at the edge.. You can say no. You can push away the beckoning to jump. Everyone would understand if you walked away. It would be okay to be okay. Right?

You won’t know what you’re missing, your path will continue and life will go on.

But.

What if life is better, God is nearer, peace is more certain, faith is found in the jumping?

“This is how God works: he puts his people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness.” -David Platt

What if someone is waiting on you to jump?

So they can say yes.

What are you contemplating today? What are you waiting on?

I’m linking this post up to Muthering Heights series “How big is your But?”….


WFMW: A Halloween Freebie

It’s an old debate.

Christians and Halloween.

Some do.

Some don’t.

Some just like to tell others what to do.

It’s totally up to you and while everyone won’t agree, here’s what we do:

We consider it an honor for people (who normally wouldn’t) to come to our front door. Rather than hide in a dark house and pretend we’re not home in an effort to NOT celebrate Satan’s day (as some would call it), we turn on the porch light, buy the good candy (no candy corn here) and even pass out tracts.

Here’s the one we’re using this year (after our church Trunk or Treat Party):

It’s free and printable.

Click here.

It works for us!